Eddie Eggers, 101

Edgar Eggers was a kind man. He was an honest man. He was a caring man. He was a man of impeccable integrity. He was a good man who led a good life. This was our father, Edgar Eggers, who passed away early on the morning of November 9.
Our father focused on what is important in life. He really emphasized faith, family and fun and he made sure he gave quality time to all three. Maybe this is why he lived so long. When we ignore any of those three, the good life will escape us.
He was born in Reeder, North Dakota on April 25, 1917 to Rev. Henry and Caroline Eggers. Rev. Eggers, was the first Lutheran Pastor in this area and he rode in a horse and buggy to visit his congregation, many who lived in sod houses. He believed in hard work as did our father.
Much of our father’s good life can be attributed to our mother, Helen. They were a happy couple who married before WWII and spent over sixty years together before she passed away in 2006. After our father’s retirement from the Citizen’s State Bank in 1977, they enjoyed traveling in a small motor home to visit Minnesota State Parks.
Our father will now join our mother and his sisters (Ruth, Celesta, Luella) and his brother (Roger) and parents and friends many of whom belonged to a group appropriately named “The Potluck Bunch.”
Leading a good life meant being active. As our mother would say, “There was no dust under his shoes.” Our father loved Waterville and consequently was involved in numerous city organizations. He served on the Sakatah Cemetery Board into his nineties. He was a charter member of the Waterville Sportsman Club, treasurer and officer for Trinity Lutheran for many years, a member of the Waterville School Board, Commercial Club, American Legion, a member of the area Boy Scout council, Board member for Camp Omega and helped found Waterville’s Colonial Manor Nursing Home. He was treasurer of many of these organizations due to his work at Citizen’s State Bank where he worked since graduating from Waterville High School.
Our father loved the bank and loved the people who put their trust in the bank. You might say he was a banker’s banker. It has been said many times that Waterville people banked there because of Edgar Eggers. He was truly a friendly banker. When Dad finished at the bank each day he served as a bookkeeper for Worlein’s Furniture and Mortuary and for Luther’s Ben Franklin. For decades in his spare time he did income tax for hundreds of Waterville’s citizens.
If there were anything our father loved more than the bank it would be the outdoors. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He loved to join the bunch of guys that hunted south of town at Hand’s Slough. He enjoyed walking the cornfields and fencerows for pheasants and he especially enjoyed going to the deer camp, which became a tradition for many years. Helen would also join the bunch at the camp.
Our father left behind to join him at a later date, his two sons, Craig and John, daughters in law, Janice and Kathy, four grandchildren, Kim, Kelly, John-Carlos and Caroline, and three great-grandchildren (Nicholas, Tyler and Alicia).
The wake for Dad will begin at 9:30 a.m. on November 19 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waterville, followed by the funeral at 11 a.m. with Rev. Mumme officiating. A lunch will be served after the funeral. Pallbearers for Edgar will be William Slattery, Paul Prahl, Eugene Preuss, Tom McReavy, John-Carlos Eggers, Shawn Larson, Nicholas and Tyler McReavy.
Edgar now joins Helen and his family and friends. I am sure someone in the Potluck Bunch will say, “Hey, Eddie, what took you so long?” When you lead a good life like my father has been doing for a hundred years, it’s hard to give it up. You want to keep watching those ducks in Hand’s Slough. Now, like those mallards flying so high, my father will be able to touch the face of God. That’s a good life!


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